People who are injured in the workplace, regardless of how the injury occurred, can file for benefits under the Minnesota workers’ compensation law. There are always questions that individuals may have, and turning to the employer or simply searching for answers online may not provide the correct information.
A simple and effective way to get answers you may have to any workers’ compensation questions is to talk to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. This is critical if you are seriously injured, if the employer denies the injury or that the injury was reported, or if the employer has a history of denying claims.
Reporting Process Questions
It is the responsibility of the injured employee to follow company policy and make a report to the employer in a timely manner. There is a timeline of just 14 days to complete the report, but there are various factors that can influence this, such as significant injury or hospitalization that prevents the report from being completed.
Workers’ Compensation can also be provided for illnesses related to workplace conditions or factors. In these situations, the timeline starts when you were made aware the illness was related to your occupation or workplace.
At this point, the employer has the responsibility to file a form with the insurance company. You should receive a copy of the First Report of Injury form. From this time, the insurance agency has ten days to file with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, and then 14 days to accept or deny the claim.
In this timeline, an employee can talk to or retain a workers’ compensation attorney at any step. If the employer has a history of denying claims, delaying payment, or other types of adverse activities, talking to a workers’ compensation attorney earlier rather than later is critical.
Employees need to continue to attend all medical appointments as required. Records of any direct instruction from your employer about your health or recovery should be maintained and shared with your attorney.
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